Do we have a good one for you today – the powerful Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) goes up against the new and powerful Huawei Nexus 6P. The ZenFone 2 has great specs (we are comparing the 4GB/64GB model), a solid build and cheap price of $250 to $400, depending where you purchase the device. The new high-end Nexus 6P is a true flagship device, and worthy specifications…costing about $500. While it will be no easy decision to pick a winner in this comparison – remember that conclusions are based on specifications, although value and availability do have their place in the process. It must be pointed out that these two devices do have many similarities between them.
For starters, the ZenFone 2 and Nexus 6P are very close in physical dimensions, although the ZenFone 2 is thicker (10.9mm versus 7.3mm), but the Nexus 6P is slightly heavier (178g versus 170g). The displays are close in size – the ZenFone 2 comes in at 5.5-inches versus 5.7-inches on the Nexus 6P – but the technology and resolution are very different. The main cameras are close in specs – 13MP on the ZenFone 2 versus 12.3MP on the Nexus 6P – however, the 6P takes much better pictures. They both have the usual suspects – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (v4.0 on the ZenFone 2 and v4.2 on the Nexus 6P), GPS, NFC capabilities, a microUSB port (v2.0 on the ZenFone and the new Type-C reversible plug on the Nexus 6P), they both have non-removable batteries and both offer a rapid charge feature.
Please take a deliberate look at the detailed Specifications Comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two great devices stack up against one another – click on the “View Full Comparison” link at the end of the chart to expand the details. After that, we will look at each individual device in greater detail and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information we will try to determine the winner based on specs and execution of design and functions.
Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML)
The ASUS ZenFone 2 has that high-end look with its apparent brushed metal – much like the LG G4 – but once you pick up the device, its plastic build is immediately apparent. We are not saying it feels cheap – it does not – but we are saying it is not in the premium league of say the Galaxy S6. In addition, like the LG G4, the rocker switch for the volume is on the back of the device, but the on/off button is awkwardly on the top. The curved back of the ZenFone 2 makes it easy to hold and explains its 10.9mm thickness.
The ASUS ZenFone 2 features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD Full HD (FHD) display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 401 pixels-per-inch (PPI). It goes up a beautiful 5.7-inch AMOLED Quad HD (QHD) display and 518 PPI on the Nexus 6P. The top-of-the-line ZenFone 2 model we are looking at uses a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and coupled to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, although, unlike the Nexus 6P, it does offer expansion by way of a microSD card. The Nexus 6P uses the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core v2.1 processor, 3GB of RAM and a choice of 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage and no available expansion.
The main camera is packing a 13MP sensor, autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash…but no OIS. This supplies some decent photo shots, but is just not up to par with the Nexus 6P’s 12.3MP sensor with laser autofocus, a dual-tone LED flash and large 1.55µm pixel size. The ZenFone 2 comes with a large 5MP FFC for social selfies and video chatting…this is in comparison to the Nexus 6P’s new 8MP FFC. Power for the ZenFone 2 is in the form of a 3000mAh battery and is non-removable even though the back easily comes off. The Nexus 6P has a larger 3450mAh non-removable battery.
This Dual-SIM device will arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop along with its ZenUI Skin overlay that has followed the Google Material Design look. It has a speaker on the back panel and offers a built-in FM radio. It should be available in Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White, depending where you shop. Pricing is widespread because you can purchase it in Amazon, at ZenFone’s website and GearBest – with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will cost you in the range of $250 to $400 with specials running all of the time.
Huawei Nexus 6P
The Huawei Nexus 6P is certainly a flagship device. It is a beautifully designed and well-built device with an all-metal unibody construction. The Nexus 6P is available in three colors – Aluminum, Graphite or Frost. It matches up very nicely to the fake brushed look on the plastic ZenFone 2 that we are comparing.
Samsung makes the Nexus 6P’s 5.7-inch AMOLED display using the QHD technology with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 518 PPI. This compares to the 5.5-inch FHD IPS LCD display on the ZenFone 2 with 401 PPI. For the Nexus 6P, Huawei decided to go with the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, v2.1. It has four cores clocked at 1.55 GHz and four cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. The ZenFone 2 uses an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor. The Nexus 6P has 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal memory with an option of 64GB or 128GB and offers no room for external expansion. The ZenFone 2 offers you 64GB of internal memory, but has a microSD card slot for expansion up to 64GB.
Nexus 6P scored a high score of 84 from DxOMark, which is not far from the Samsung Galaxy S6. It has a 12.3MP sensor, laser autofocus and dual-tone LED flash…but no OIS. This goes up against the ZenFone 2 with a 13MP sensor, autofocus and dual-tone LED flash and no OIS. The Nexus 6P has a large 8MP FFC for selfies and video chatting and the ZenFone 2 has a 5MP FFC. The Nexus 6P has a larger, 3450mAh non-removable battery that includes a rapid charge feature via its Type-C reversible plug, while the ZenFone 2 has a smaller 3000mAh non-removable battery with rapid charge.
The Nexus 6P has a few features not found on the ZenFone 2 – let’s start with the Samsung-built AMOLED QHD display. It uses the Type-C reversible USB port for faster charging and data transfer, has a fingerprint sensor and dual front-facing stereo speakers. Last, but certainly not least, it is running pure Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will always get the fastest upgrades possible when new versions come out. Priced at only $500 for the 32GB model, the Nexus 6P offers a great value.
…And The Winner Is…
This was a real tough one to pick – and yes, I know that the ZenFone 2 has more RAM, expandable internal memory, and an FM Radio – but it is the incredibly cheap price that had me tossing and turning in making the decision to crown the Nexus 6P as the winner of this comparison.
The Nexus 6P has the AMOLED QHD display, a fingerprint sensor, front-facing stereo speakers, larger battery, better camera area, Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the fastest updates possible and the device is unlocked and can be used on all major US networks.
The Nexus 6P has a better build quality with its all-metal construction, high specs, great performance and a reasonable price for what you are getting. If you want the cheapest price and lots of performance, then the ZenFone will work just fine for you, but the Nexus 6P is the more advanced device and the winner in this comparison.